Office of Special Prosecutor: 1 lawyer, 1 case filed after 1 year
The Special Prosecutor has filed one case in court; 24 others are being investigated by his office which is the President’s promised solution to political graft.
JoyNews search into the work of the office shows there are 25 cases piquing the interest of Martin Amidu, a man with a public record for chasing after ill-gotten funds while a lackadaisical state pussyfoots.
The Special Prosecutor is allowed to seize the initiative by investigating political corruption or receive petitions from citizens. Martin Amidu does both.
His case lists is a mixed bag of suspects of New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) party colours. And it is a fearless mix.
Former President John Mahama who is seeking to be president again, is being sought-after by the Special Prosecutor.
Mahama is named as a respondent a case of alleged diversion of $13m from the E.O Group, a company with a 3.5% interest in Ghana’s 2007 oil find. A claim the former President has rubbished. The allegation was made by Martin Amidu in December 2016 during his days of writing articles that became a source of media stories and political debates.
Four citizens have referred to this article in their petition to him in June 2018, asking Martin Amidu to investigate what he wrote in 2016.
There is also a case of money-laundering against former Gender and Social Protection Minister, Nana Oye Lithur. And another case against another Mahama, (Mahama Ayariga), a former Minister of Information, who is accused of evading tax in the importation of some vehicles.
The governing party’s chairman, Freddie Blay, praised for his role in getting the NPP back to power, is also a subject of interest for the Special Prosecutor after partially fulfilling an expensive promise to get each of the 275 constituencies a mini-bus.
The $11m promise appealed to delegates and got him re-elected. But it set tongues wagging with accusations of vote-buying and questions about how the GNPC Board chairman could pull off such a deal that included funding from some banks.
Former Chief Executive of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transport (BOST) Alfred Obeng Boateng who has been fingered in the decision to sell 1.8m barrels of crude oil at a discounted price which allegedly cost the nation 30m cedis in revenue is also of interest.
And there is the case against the wife of Assin Central NPP MP and tough-talker Kennedy Agyapong who is a beneficiary of a $100 million sole-sourced contract.
The case filed in court involves Bawku Central MP Mahama Ayariga and the procurement of ambulances.
No lawyers have been recruited yet, a human resource crisis that underlines the office’s slow pace of work and fast-growing public criticism.
Take IMANI Vice-President Kofi Bentil who is frustrated that the BOST petition to the Special Prosecutor in March 2018 is still unresolved after 14 months.
“It is not difficult for an investigation even within a year to determine all the facts …to come to a certain conclusion”, he was reported as saying on JoyNews programme Newsfile.
And Kofi Bentil is not alone. The Dean of Studies and Research at the Institute of Local Government Studies, Dr Oduro Osae, waiving his option to be measured, stated categorically, “the Special Prosecutor has failed us.”
Months after the March 1, 2018 swearing in of Martin Amidu, they feel he has not been on the march.
But one person not shocked by the rate of work by the Special Prosecutor is NDC General Secretary Johnson Asiedu Nketia. As Ghanaians entered the new year in 2019, he declared his ‘prophesy’ had come to pass.
That one year after Martin Amidu was appointed, he would come under criticism for ‘doing nothing’.
While Martin Amidu seeks to file more cases. There is one case against him at the Supreme Court where the 66-year old lawyer is branded as unfit for office as he is past the statutory retirement age of 60.
‘Under Akufo-Addo, bankers have become kebab sellers’ – Akamba
Some bankers in Ghana have been reduced to kebab sellers because the Akufo-Addo government has collapsed nine local banks in the country, National Organiser of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr Joshua Akamba, has said.
Mr Akamba, who debated the Deputy Director-General of the National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), Mr Abu Ramadan on CTV’s Ghana Kasa political talk show hosted by Israel Venunye on Wednesday night (10 July 2019) after Tuesday’s ‘kum y?n pr?ko’ demonstration organised by the Coalition for Social Justice, said Ghanaians have known nothing but suffering and hardship under President Nana Akufo-Addo.
“Banks have been collapsed” by the Akufo-Addo government, he said, adding: “People working in the banking sector have now become kebab sellers” as a result of the collapse of some banks by the Bank of Ghana which, he said, has led to the loss of several jobs.
Mr Akamba cited the collapse of Heritage Bank, for instance, whose licence was revoked by the central bank, “just because” its majority shareholder was standing trial on a non-related matter.
The central bank revoked HBL’s licence on Friday, 4 January 2019 on the basis that the majority shareholder, Mr Seidu Agongo, among other things, used proceeds realised from alleged fraudulent contracts he executed for the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD), for which he and former COCOBOD CEO, Dr Stephen Opuni are being tried, to set up the bank.
Announcing the withdrawal of the licence, the Governor of the central bank, Dr Ernest Addison told journalists – when asked if he did not deem the action as premature, since the COCOBOD case was still in court – that: “The issue of Heritage Bank, I wanted to get into the law with you, I don’t know if I should, but we don’t need the court’s decision to take the decisions that we have taken. We have to be sure of the sources of capital to license a bank; if we have any doubt, if we feel that it’s suspicious, just on the basis of that we find that that is not acceptable as capital. We don’t need the court to decide for us whether anybody is ‘fit and proper’, just being involved in a case that involves a criminal procedure makes you not fit and proper”.
HBL has been added to the all-new state-owned Consolidated Bank Ghana Limited (CBG), which was first formed when the central bank collapsed some five local banks in August last year. They included the Royal Bank, The Beige Bank, The Construction Bank, Sovereign Bank and uniBank. Premium Bank was also added to CMG after it was collapsed, too.
Just recently, some staff of HBL accused the Receiver from PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Mr Vish Ashiagbor of shortchanging them.
According to them, Mr Ashiagbor has refused to pay what is due them.
Mr Justice Bonney, who spoke on behalf of the staff, questioned the legitimacy of the package being negotiated for them.
He also said they were not consulted in the selection of the person representing the staff in the negotiations.
“They agreed on three-and-a-half months’ salary cap of GHS20,000 with first-quarter fuel allowance and then first quarter clothing allowance.”
“We didn’t get any communication from our reps and before we realised, that agreement had been signed on our behalf. Our head of HR [was not supposed to be] a representative on that negotiation table to the best of our knowledge.”
“Our position is that even with the MoU, we were not communicated to and it was signed by somebody who did not represent our interest,” Mr Bonney said.
In total, about 1,600 bankers lost their jobs in the central bank’s clean-up exercise which first started with the collapse of UT Bank and Capital Bank. The two were subsumed by GCB Bank.
Mr Akamba wondered why the Akufo-Addo government would just kill businesses without thinking about how such actions affect the ordinary Ghanaian.
“If you are collapsing banks, think of the ordinary Ghanaian because when they were being employed, they weren’t asked whether they were NDC or NPP members. So, people are roaming about without jobs as a result of the collapse of businesses by this government”.
Using the collapse of Menzgold Ghana Limited to buttress his point, Mr Akamba said: “Menzgold clients have told me that had it not been for the intervention of the Akufo-Addo government, they were still receiving their money regularly”.
Additionally, Mr Akamba said President Akufo-Addo has brought nothing by “tension upon tension into the country” as well as “so much nepotism”.
He also noted that lies and 419 (deception) have become the stock in trade of the Akufo-Addo government, and wondered why Mr Ramadan’s brother-in-law, Vice-President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, has “suddenly become a ‘Digital Vice-President’” and “no more talks about the economy and the exchange rate” as he used to in the run-up to the 2016 polls. “He’s run away”, Mr Akamba said.
In his view, the One District-One Factory promise of the Akufo-Addo government is “419”. “They keep lying”, he stressed. “The Vice-President keeps lying to Ghanaians”. “NPP members are con men and con women. They have no credibility”, Mr Akamba added.
He said the anger against the Akufo-Addo government by the ordinary people who called for the demonstration, was demonstrated by the fact that ‘trotro’ and taxi drivers parked their cars and joined the march since they said they find it difficult to make sales under the current government.
Mr Akamba also claimed that: “A staunch NPP man who was on admission at the hospital, joined the demonstration”. “I won’t mention his name. I personally dropped him back at the hospital after the demonstration”, he told Israel Venunye, adding: “Even the police and soldiers joined the demonstration; Customs officers, too”.
In his view, there are currently two different versions of the NPP – one is the NPP in power being led by President Akufo-Addo and his family, friends and cronies and the second is the NPP which is still in opposition by dint of being loyalists of former President John Agyekum Kufuor.
I rejected running mate offer – Bawumia reveals
Vice president, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has revealed he rejected the initial offer to partner President Akufo-Addo when he was approached in 2007.
He explained that, as then deputy Governor of the Bank of Ghana, he was not ready to join the hostile political terrain.
“When I was requested to come into politics, I was a bit hesitant and my initial answer was no” he stated while addressing a conference on monitoring and evaluation at the University of Ghana.
But, Dr. Bawumia said he made a u-turn when his then boss who was Governor of the Bank of Ghana, Dr. Paul Acquah convinced him to rescind his decision.
“My boss, Paul Acquah said our problems is really the politicians so I think you should get in there so you help us implement all the policies we have been recommending” he added.
Dr. Bawumia said after the meeting with his boss, he decided to join politics with a secret agenda to push politicians buy into research works of technocrats.
Dr. Bawumia since becoming vice president has led a lot of innovations to leverage on technology to improve service delivery in the public sector to facilitate rapid economic growth.
Dumelo, Kpessa Whyte, others pick forms for NDC parliamentary primaries in Greater Accra
A total of 118 people comprising 20 women and 98 men have picked forms to contest in the opposition National Democratic Congress’ (NDC) parliamentary primaries in the Greater Accra Region.
The nominees including former Executive Director of National Service Secretariat, Dr. Michael Kpessah Whyte and actor John Dumelo.
Many incumbent MPs including the Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Samuel Nartey George; Alfred Okoe Vanderpuje, MP for Ablekuma South; MP for Odododiodoo, Nii Lante Vanderpuije, and Ashaiman MP, Ernest Norgbey are also seeking to get the nod of the party to contest for the parliamentary seat in the 2020 general elections on the ticket of the NDC.
Of the 34 constituencies in the region, only the Ablekuma North seat will be contested unopposed by Winifred Ashley.
At Shai Osu Doku where Dr. Kpessah Whyte is putting himself up for elections at the party level, the incumbent MP, Linda Ocloo is also seeking to get the endorsement of the party again.
Linda Ocloo, beat competition from Dr. Kpessah Whyte in June 2016 in a by-election to choose a parliamentary candidate when her husband, Desmond William Ocloo, died in a tragic accident at Juaso in the Ashanti Region in March 2016 shortly after he was elected.
She went ahead to win the parliamentary polls in the December 2016 general elections.
The Ayawaso West Wuogon parliamentary primaries will see actor John Dumelo compete with Suzzy Afua Adoboe for the seat.
Dumelo had earlier come forward to contest the NDC primaries for the Ayawaso West Wuogon constituency when that seat became vacant following the death of the incumbent New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP, Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko in November 2018. He, however, withdrew before the main contest.
A pharmacist, Delali Brempong won the primaries at the party level but lost to the widow of the late MP, Lydia Alhassan who contested on the ticket of the NPP in the controversial polls.
Mr. Brempong, who is not a first-timer at the primaries seem to have given up on attempting to become MP for the constituency as he failed to pick nominations by the Friday July 12 deadline.
See the full list of nominees for the upcoming NDC primaries in the Greater Accra Region.
1. DR. KPESSAY WHYTE
2. HON DAVID ASSUMENG
3. HON. LINDA OCLOO
4. ISRAEL TETTEH APPIAH
1. HON. SOPHIA KAREN ACKUAKU
2. SAMPSON NII TACKIE
3. JOHN PADMORE FIAGBOLO
4. ROBERT KWAKU AHORDAGBE
1. CAPT. MOSES TETTEH LARNYO
2. JOSEPH AKUERTEY TETTEY
3. RUDDOLF K SEBUABE
4. ABRAHAM T TEYE
5. LAWSON KWASHIE KUDZORDZI
1. NII SAKA ALLOTEY
2. CLELAND AYAA AYISON
3. SHAIBU AMADU
1. MICHAEL TETTEH KWETEY
2. HON. SAM GEORGE NARTEY
1.HON. ERNEST NORGBEY
2. EMMANUEL MAX-VOY
3. SEGBENE XENODZI FERGUSON
1. REV. KWEKU ADDO
2. PRINCE DERICK ADJEI
3. MARIAN KORKOR AYERTEY
1. MAHAMMED ADAMU RAMADAN
2. NANA OYE LITHUR
3. BEJAMIN ANGENU
1. WINIFRED ASHLEY
1. EDWARD NII TETTEH BEDIAKO KRAKU
2. HON. ISAAC ODAMTTEN
1. ISRAEL NORYIBEY
2.FAUSTINA ELIKPLIM AKURUGU
3. JOHN KWAKU AGBAVOR
4.GODSON NII AYIJAKU TACKIE
1. HON ALFRED OKOE VANDERPUIJE
2. ALBERT PANGBOAT NAMBALIN
3. EPHRAIM NII TAN SACKEY
4. NII AYITEY TAGOE
1. BABA LATIF DAN
2. ALHAJI HALIDU HARUNA
3. SAM NARTEY FOLI CREPPY
BORTIANOR/NGLESHIE / AMANFRO
1. ALEX ACKUAKU
2. FELIX AKWETEY NII OKLE
3. ADAMS DICKSON ABU SKEDEY
4. PETER NANA ASIEDU
5. ALFRED NII COMMEITTEY OGBAMEY
6. ERIC SOSU
7. ANTHONY YESUTOR KUAGBENU
8. SHERIFF NII OTO DODOO
9. ZAKARIA MOHAMMED ALI
1. MALIK ADAMA
2.ABDUL NASHIRU ABBAS
3. RICHARD KWASHIE KUDZORDZI
4. THERESAH AWUNI
1. ISAAC MENSAH
2. DAVID FRIMPONG
3. ABRAHAM KOTEY NEEQUAYE
1. FRANCIS XAVIER SOSU
2. SIDI ABUBAKAR
3. ALHAJI FAILA
4. RUKAYA ABUBAKAR
1. NADIN ISSAH SALIFU
2. LAWYER KOJOGAH ADAWUDU
3. DELALI AYIVI
4. ABDUL RASHID ISSAH
1. HON. ZANETOR AGYEMAN RAWLINGS
2. LEEFORD QUARSHIE
3. NII ALEMA BASHIRU
4 .NAA ODARKAI LAMPTEY ADDY
1. MAMOUDU AMADU
2. IBRAHIM AMADU
3. IRENE MENSAH
4. EMMANUEL ALLOTEY
1. HON. RITA ODOLEY SOWAH
2. HAROLD R THOMPSON
3. JAKE KWEI ADJEI-KWEI
4. JOHN FIIFI MONEY
1.HON. NII LANTE VANDERPUIJE
2. SPACE OKOE CLOTTEY
1. HON COMFORT DOYOE CUDJOE GHANSAH
2. CHARLES TEYE McCARTHY
3. CATHRINE DELA DZIVENU
4. THOMAS BOYE-DOE BROWN TETTEH
1. CARL OWUOMPESKA
2. EBI BRIGHT
3. SEDINA MATANAWUI
4. JERRY ADJEI
5. NANA YAW OKUTWERE NKANSAH
1. HON CHRISTIAN OTUTEYE
2. DANIEL KESHI BESSEY
1. HON NASER MAHAMA TOURE
2. DR. YAKUBU AZIDOW
3. HON. OTCHERE DARKO
1. BEN AYIKU
2. BENITA OKITY-DUA
3. SETH ATTOH MENSAH SOWAH
1. DR. RAPHAEL KWASI SARPONG
2. WAKEFIELD ACKUAKU
3. RASHID ISSAH
4. ROMEO AKAHOHO
1. WILLIAM AFFUM ANI-AGYEI
2. VICTOR QUARSHIE ADONOO
3. EMMANUEL SOSU
4. ABDUL RAUF MUSAH
1. PRINCE WORMENOR
2. EBENEZER NII ARMAH TACKIE
3. HON. NII OKAI LARYEA
4. SEDEM AFENYO
5. WILLIAM AHAMADZI
6. HAJIA MARIAM DZIFA IBRAHIM
1. HON. MAJOR (RTD) DR. MUSTAPHA AHMED
2. HON YUSSIF JAJA
1. EMMANUEL A. GBEDEMAH
2. EMMANUEL KOJO MENSAH
AYAWASO WEST WUOGON
2. SUZZY AFUA ADOBOE
1. AGNES NAA MOMO LARTEY
2. EDGAR NII KPAKPO ADDO
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